Posted by Jeremy Steinberg on January 11, 2003 at 11:32:40:
In Reply to: Is E to hard to start ? posted by J.Payne on January 10, 2003 at 18:44:01:
: Would it be to hard to start with an E harp I know C is easier but I already bought a E and dont want to buy another.
Assuming that you are using a standard (low) G and standard (high) F, the keys, in order ease of playabillity, run: G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F, for major keys (not minor keys) going from easier to harder. This is because the reeds get shorter, as the note the diatonic scale is based on gets higher. Regular G diatonics have longer reeds than A in each hole, A reeds longer than Bb, etc., all the way up to a regular F (which is a high F), where a regular G is a low G. F harps are even harder to play than E harps, and F# harps are the most difficult. Very shrill. It's a good way to work on your chops, though, to develop them!
Regards, Jeremy c/o JSteinberg@ucwphilly.rr.com
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